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Director:
Writers:
Dalton Trumbo (screen play)
Ted W. Lawson (based on the book) ...
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Release Date:
November 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Heart-Warming Romance . . . Stark, Sensational Drama! Thrills! Action! Adventure! ...Ripped From The Heart!
Plot:
In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(11 articles)
Bryan Cranston To Play Dalton Trumbo
 (From Dark Horizons. 19 September 2013, 3:51 AM, PDT)

Kiss*
 (From Comicmix. 29 April 2013, 5:43 AM, PDT)

Phyllis Thaxter obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 17 August 2012, 4:07 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
One of the best WWII films made and it's true. See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Van Johnson ... Ted Lawson

Robert Walker ... David Thatcher
Tim Murdock ... Dean Davenport
Don DeFore ... Charles McClure
Herbert Gunn ... Bob Clever (as Gordon McDonald)

Phyllis Thaxter ... Ellen Lawson
Stephen McNally ... 'Doc' White (as Horace McNally)

Spencer Tracy ... Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle
John R. Reilly ... 'Shorty' Manch

Robert Mitchum ... Bob Gray
Scott McKay ... Davey Jones

Donald Curtis ... Lieut. Randall
Louis Jean Heydt ... Lieut. Miller
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Don Smith (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)

Douglas Cowan ... 'Brick' Holstrom

Paul Langton ... Captain 'Ski' York

Leon Ames ... Lieut. Jurika
Bill Williams ... Bud Felton
Robert Bice ... 'Jig' White
Hsin Kung ... Dr. Chung (as Dr. Hsin Kung)
Benson Fong ... Young Dr. Chung
Ching Wah Lee ... Guerilla Charlie

Alan Napier ... Mr. Parker
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Parker
Dorothy Morris ... Jane (as Dorothy Ruth Morris)

Jacqueline White ... Emmy York
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Reynolds
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Addison ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Morris Ankrum ... William F. Halsey, Captain of the 'Hornet' (uncredited)
Jack Arkin ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)
Tom Avera ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Steve Barclay ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Pilot Singer (uncredited)
Karin Booth ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Steve Brodie ... MP Corporal (uncredited)
Ralph Brooke ... Sailor (uncredited)
Hazel Brooks ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Lucille Casey ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Wally Cassell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Luke Chan ... Chinese Runner (uncredited)
Mary Chan ... School Teacher (uncredited)
Keye Chang ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Lyle Clark ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Eleanor Counts ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Elizabeth Dailey ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)

John Dehner ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Myrna Dell ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Hal Derwin ... Singer in Officers' Club (uncredited)

Natalie Draper ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)

Blake Edwards ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Captain of Patrol Boat (uncredited)
John Gannon ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Leatrice Joy Gilbert ... Girl (uncredited)
Charles Gordon ... Sgt. Williams (uncredited)
Genevieve Grazis ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Joe (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Judge (uncredited)
Bill Healy ... Eglin Captain (uncredited)
Shirlee Howard ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
John James ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Virgil Johanson ... Eglin Colonel (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... C-47 Transport Pilot (uncredited)
Mike Killian ... Sailor (uncredited)
Charles King Jr. ... Sailor (uncredited)
Michael Knudsen ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Michael Kostrick ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Joan Lawrence ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Edith Leach ... Girl (uncredited)
Martin Lowell ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Ann Lundeen ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Bob MacLean ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Peggy Maley ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Jack McClendon ... Dick Joyce (uncredited)
Beryl McCutcheon ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Bob McCutchin ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Sybil Merritt ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Harlan Miller ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Lorraine Miller ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Charles Mitchell ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
William Moss ... Ship's Clerk (uncredited)
Frances E. Neal ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Jay Norris ... Hallmark (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen ... General (uncredited)
Noreen Roth ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Erin Selwyn ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Elaine Shepard ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Deck Officer (uncredited)
Harold Sworland ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Bob Thom ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Eugenia B. Thompson ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Brad Towne ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Gordon Trigg ... Bit Part (uncredited)
H.T. Tsiang ... Wang Tsung (uncredited)
Joy Vahl ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)
Peter Varney ... Spike Henderson (uncredited)
Will Walls ... Hoss Wyler (uncredited)
Richard Wang ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Eve Whitney ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Kay Williams ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Wah Yee ... Foo Ling (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (screen play)

Ted W. Lawson (based on the book) (as Captain Ted W. Lawson) and
Robert Considine (based on the book)

Produced by
Sam Zimbalist .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography)
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
William H. Cannon .... unit manager (uncredited)
Walter Strong .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William H. Cannon .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Russ Haverick .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Leo Pepin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Harold Rosson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ralph S. Hurst .... associate set decorator
George E. Lee .... props (uncredited)
Jack Martin Smith .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Standish J. Lambert .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Frank McKenzie .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Donald Jahraus .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Donald Jahraus .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
A. Lindsley Lane .... second camera (uncredited)
Robert Martin .... second camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kay Dean .... associate costume supervisor
Irene .... costume supervisor
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Herbert Stahlberg .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dean Davenport .... technical advisor: Arny Air Force (uncredited)
H. Allen Fairbanks .... technical advisor: Navy (uncredited)
Jimmy Garland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Virginia Garland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Wei Fan Hsueh .... technical advisor: Chinese sequence (uncredited)
Ted W. Lawson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
138 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1949) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10248) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Twice while the Ruptured Duck is flying over Japan the crew spots Japanese fighter planes and tenses for an attack, but both times the fighters ignore them. This is factual. In an unbelievable coincidence, the Japanese had planned a major air raid drill for the same time in Tokyo, and the fighters thought the American B-25s were part of the drill until the bombs started exploding. Also, according to the book upon which the movie is based the planes' crews were told prior to the mission that there was a slight chance that the Japanese would not recognize them and react because the Japanese air force had a bomber very similar to the B-25.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When the ladies are at the beach, a mountain can be seen in the background. The land on the gulf coast of Florida is very flat.See more »
Quotes:
Ellen Lawson:Oh, Ted, I'm going to write you a letter every day you're gone. I know they won't deliver them. I won't even mail them, but I'm going to write them anyway. That way we'll kind of be in touch. That way we'll feel close.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Foul Play (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »

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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
One of the best WWII films made and it's true., 25 August 1999
Author: Carl T Sgamboti (sgambo@ziplink.net) from Wethersfield, CT, USA

I think this film is one of the best WWII films (if not the best) made during the war. The principal reason is that it's true and based on the famous Doolittle Raid on Japan on April 18, 1942. The movie follows the lives of a few of the members of that raid and focuses specifically on the experiences of Lt. Ted Lawson, who wrote the book. While a few of the stateside scenes are a bit corny and mushy, it nicely weaves in the story of one flyer and his wife and the way they handle their impending separation due to the upcoming mission. One needs to remember the need to portray and establish patriotism and an "apple pie and mom" sense during a difficult wartime environment when the film was released in 1944. In fact, just as the Doolittle Raid was carried out to bolster flagging US morale after Pearl Harbor (Dec 7, 1941)and a series of US and allied losses in the Pacific war in early 1942, this movie of the raid again plays the role of morale booster for the home front in 1944. The flying scenes, as well as the special effects, are pretty good for the 1940's movie making era and perfect for most WWII aviation buffs. This Hollywood movie version of the book of the same name written by Lt. Ted Lawson and edited by Robert Considine is fairly true to the book, with very minor changes for story continuity and some levity. Spencer Tracy does a good job as Lt. Col. Jimmie Doolittle and adds the needed seriousness to the early part of the film. Van Johnson's role of Lt. Ted Lawson was perfectly played and Phyllis Thaxter as his wife is charming. The story of the early part of their marriage adds the right tone to this movie and sort of personifies all of these types of marriages and relationships that were "put on hold" because of a war. The movie turns quite serious, of course, once the raid begins. The underlying story is quite serious and relates the story of a group of flyers who volunteered for an extremely dangerous mission without even knowing what the mission is. I think this is one of the main attractions of this movie for me...that someone is willing to sacrifice their life for their country when asked to possibly do just that. It is selfish acts like this that we in the US should continue to recognize and to be eternally grateful to those of the WWII generation such as those who took part in this famous and unique event in US aviation history.

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